Farming is a processing artisan profession.
- Farming offers time-based returns from leveraging the freehold system.
- Players may also grow crops in the garden sections of their player housing.
- Farmed materials can be processed into craftable materials.
- Farmed materials can also be converted directly into consumable items through professions such as cooking and alchemy.
- There won't be a breeding mechanic associated with crops.
- The way farming complements what would be in-the-wild gathering is these are more specific applications of returns: These are timed returns that you can have, leveraging essentially the Freehold system and the areas of that. Now once you have collected that farmed material, that's when you process it into a craftable material or you can take it directly through some of the farming professions into a consumable item, whether that be through Cooking or through Alchemy or any types of those things. – Steven Sharif
Players may grow crops in the garden sections of their player housing.
Freehold expansions and upgrades are available as node progression allows. Some of these improvements affects the size of freehold farm plots available for crop planting.
- Artisan freehold features are also affected by adjacent terrain features. For example: building next to a river provides a nearby source of clean freshwater, and will have a positive effect on crops.
Land management mechanics are present for gathering artisans.
- As you draw resources from your surrounding area- what type of effect does that have on the land; and then also how effectively can you draw those resources without having such a deleterious effect on the land, which might impact future resource gathering for some period of time: And it makes relevant the movement of these players who are collecting these goods from the environment, that they actually cannot always just do so in one particular area, as the land management begins to degrade. So it actually encourages movement across the world to discover new areas that might not be as perturbed as the ones you're coming from. It's a very interesting idea. It's something that we're going to be prototyping in Alpha 2 and getting feedback on and testing. – Steven Sharif
- The spawn rate of resources in a given area is influenced by how players are interacting with those resources.
- Drawing excessive amounts of resources may have a deleterious effect on the land health value for that area.
- Actions like ridding an area of invasive species or performing crop rotations on freehold farms may have a positive effect on that area's land health value.
- It could be could be positive or negative, or both simultaneously. So the land health value ties into the health of a specific ecosystem; and the ecosystem can kind of scale with different segment sizes of the world, or the world itself: A biome, maybe a node, maybe the player's freehold. And the things that a player does in those areas will contribute to health in a positive or negative way. So doing something like rotating your crops might increase the health of the land because that's considered something good to do; and maybe apprehending or removing poachers that are over hunting a certain species could be helpful to the health of the land. Maybe the mayor puts out a request for players to try and get rid of invasive species that are plants- maybe they're overgrowing weed and it's stopping other valuable plants from growing. – Kory Rice
A fishery is a farmable area that can be placed on a freehold plot. A fishery allows gathering of fish that are unique to the fishery blueprint.
Farmhands and NPC assistance
Based on node type and progression, players will be able to hire NPCs to work as farmhands on their freehold farms. Players will be able to command these farmhands online in-game as well as offline via an application (mobile app) or web interface.
Players may grow crops in the garden sections of their player housing.
Farmable crops have applications beyond basic food items.
There won't be a breeding/genetic modification mechanic associated with crops.
Livestock (and crops) are used to provide ingredients:
Seasons affect crops and other herbology resources available for gathering or planting, including how crop rotation is managed.
- Seasonal variations in resource availability will impact the economy and necessitate the transit of goods between different regions.
- One of the things that is huge about the season system and how it affects crops and the gatherables in the game is the impact it will have on the economy. When a particular area no longer is capable for a week's period of time, or even potentially longer, of producing a certain type of crop or harvestable; and that has to change across the world regionally, now the transit system of those materials of those gatherables they become more relevant, and they're subject to potential risk; and the prices might go up in certain areas. It is something that is actually very instrumental in the overall design of the economy in the game. – Steven Sharif
- Seasons may not directly affect certain gatherables, such as veins of ore, but access to those resources may be blocked during certain weather conditions.
- It won't likely affect too much on certain resource spectrums like veins of ore. Those might not be affected by the seasons or weather systems, but there might be blockages to cave networks that house those types of ore veins. Alternatively it is going to be significant impact on any type of herbology or plant-based types of gatherables. It's going to have significant impacts on crops that players can plant themselves on their properties; and that they'll be able to harvest. They're going to need to time the crop placement and its maturity window so that it's harvestable and available to be harvest before the change of seasons that might adversely affect certain types of crops. And not every biome will experience the same type of effects caused by the seasonality of the world. The desert biome might instead of snow have significant more winds that pick up that could be damaging to more fragile types of crops if you have a freehold in that location. – Steven Sharif
Resources will be different in the Underrealm.
- This will affect Farming and Animal husbandry professions.
- Since players may only have one Freehold, they must choose their Artisan specializations accordingly if they wish to place it in the Underrealm.
- ↑ Livestream, October 14, 2022 (32:38).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Interview, February 7, 2021 (42:41).
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Livestream, May 30, 2017 (20:01).
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Livestream, October 30, 2020 (44:22).
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Livestream, May 5, 2017 (32:11).
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Interview, February 7, 2021 (44:17).
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Livestream, May 29, 2020 (35:36).
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Livestream, May 29, 2020 (39:47).
- ↑ Livestream, October 16, 2017 (56:42).
- ↑ Livestream, May 5, 2017 (15:47).
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Video, October 28, 2022 (14:33).
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Livestream, April 29, 2022 (25:16).
- ↑ Livestream, May 9, 2017 (28:57).
- ↑ Livestream, November 17, 2017 (11:00).
- ↑ Video, May 25, 2017 (4:37).
- ↑ Video, May 30, 2017 (0:01).
- ↑ Livestream, April 29, 2022 (56:24).
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 Livestream, May 27, 2022 (55:47).
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Video, May 27, 2022 (15:50).
- ↑ Livestream, May 8, 2017 (20:27).
- ↑ Livestream, June 1, 2017 (24:30).